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Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000 Student!!Katy ISD Reaches Historical Goal of Enrolling its 80,000 Student!!2018-11-09T21:25:28Z<div class="ExternalClass5A748F759DCB42329829082C02EE7D43"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018.  Davidson Elementary third-grader Christopher Morcos was the lucky student.  He never expected his first week of school to be such an unforgettable experience.  Christopher received a warm welcome by Superintendent Lance Hindt and other district officials.  He was also recognized with several Century of Legacy gifts to celebrate the meaningful occasion.  The celebration comes precisely when Katy ISD is commemorating 100 years of educational excellence. </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"We are very excited about the continued growth here in Katy ISD.  It is always great to welcome students and families to the proud traditions and exciting future here in Katy ISD," said Dr. Vonda Washington, assistant superintendent for school leadership and support.  "Gaining our 80,000 student while celebrating a legacy of 100 years dedicated to learning is remarkable," added Washington. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Though Christopher was born in America this will be his first time attending a school in the United States.  Just this week, the Morcos family moved from Egypt to Katy, Texas. For them, finding a good school home for their son was a top priority.  "I did my research and everyone recommended Katy ISD as the best school district," said Peter Morcos, Christopher's father.  "We decided to move into Katy and look for a house in this area so that we are able to go to a Katy ISD school," added Morcos.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">It's been no secret that families are moving west of Houston into what was known as a small suburb.  Communities zoned to the district have been flourishing at outstanding rates making Katy ISD one of the fastest growing school district, not just in Texas, but in the nation.  The quality of education offered in Katy ISD classrooms has attracted families from all parts of the world to what is now being called a destination school district.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://youtu.be/hy4wlNcTpIg" title="Katy ISD Reaches Historical Milestone of Enrolling 80,000 Students!"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/110918_KDE_80000%20Student%20in%20Katy%20ISD.jpg" alt="110918_KDE_80000 Student in Katy ISD.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:393px;" /></a><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ugakv368u3txdq2/AAD8v6dOSjy4DCep3cH0TjJ4a?dl=0">Photo gallery of 80,000 student celebration for newscasts and publications.</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD State of the District Presented to the CommunityKaty ISD State of the District Presented to the Community2018-11-01T13:48:54Z<div class="ExternalClass4033FAFC70404CEEA7707BA19666C838"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">If a snapshot of Katy Independent School District was taken today, what would it look like?</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">As Katy ISD celebrates 100 years of providing unparalleled learning experiences, on October 26, Superintendent Lance Hindt spoke to the Katy ISD community and its staff regarding how far the District has come.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is proud to announce that not only this year, but in the past 100 years there have been several memories, milestones and accomplishments that speak volumes of one the fastest growing school districts in the nation.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD staff, principals, department heads, teachers, along with the thousands of other employees will continue to do everything in their power to provide the best education and access to unique learning opportunities today, and for generations to come," said Superintendent of Schools Lance Hindt.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">One of the hardest hitting obstacles Katy ISD faced in the past year was brought on by Mother Nature.  Hurricane Harvey affected 16 campuses, including Creech Elementary, which was completely destroyed.  Employees at the Education Support Complex were also displaced for several months.  Despite the challenge, the District grew stronger and more united after this storm allowing for the passing of a Bond and continued implementation of several strategic design goals.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Strategic design discussion and input led to the creation of eight goals based on seven overarching beliefs, a learner profile and learner outcomes," said Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent of Katy ISD.  "We are now in the second year of our five-year plan," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is one of 447 districts nationwide and in Canada recognized on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning a passing grade.  Our students also excelled in the annual Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo with nearly 465 projects, which totaled more than half a million dollars in sales.  Additionally, the District earned an "A" letter grade in the TEA's new accountability rating. Katy ISD was the largest school district, with close to 80,000 students to receive this grade.  Just recently Niche, an educational data analysis site, also announced their "Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston Area" and Katy ISD took all 10 spots, plus an additional six.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Providing exceptional instruction and learning, as well as a safe and secure environment, is a process that involves great teachers, parents, school staff, administrators, mentors, volunteers, businesses, parent support groups, along with local and state governments," said Board of Trustees President Courtney Doyle.</p><p><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f8dixb0tfkx3op7/AAA_B7B_DB9EUauao-sXZwlaa?dl=0">Photo Gallery of State of the District Event</a><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families CampaignKaty ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 17th Annual Food for Families Campaign2018-10-30T16:12:55Z<div class="ExternalClassC80A1440D1CA478BA5B53CEA6CC5CA4E"><p><br><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/PIE-FFF-SP-620x240-0718.jpg" alt="Community and hope during the holidays" style="margin:5px;width:520px;" />Katy ISD's Partners in Education is inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that provides grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, Food for Families helped 676 families.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has raised over $190,000 helping over 4,000 families have a happier holiday.  <br></p><p>Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.  Those interested in helping a Katy ISD family in need this holiday season, should donate by <strong>December 7.</strong><strong>  </strong>Contributions are accepted<a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/kxbyky/katy-isd-food-for-families"><strong> online</strong></a><strong> </strong>or via check, remitted to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mailed to Partners in Education, Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  <br></p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in HoustonKaty ISD Dominates List of Best Public Elementary Schools in Houston2018-10-29T18:11:27Z<div class="ExternalClass5578E13CF11E4DB2B3EFD5CB086D0BB3"><p>It wasn't just the first, the second, nor the third spot on the list of 2019 Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in the Houston area, Katy Independent School District took all 10 of them plus six additional ones, claiming the top 16 spots on the list!  </p><p>Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and the overall quality of the school district.  Last year Katy ISD swept the list as well claiming the top 15 spots. </p><p>The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>WoodCreek Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Stan C. & Patsy Stanley Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Jo Ella Exley Elementary</li><li>Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Keiko Davidson Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li><li>Ray & Jamie Wolman Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>James E. Randolph Elementary</li></ol><p>Katy ISD has a total of 41 elementary schools with an overall district enrollment of close to 80,000 students.<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented StudentsKaty ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2018-10-30T18:43:49Z<div class="ExternalClass567B338AFD0147D9881072EA14E4B61E"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2019-2020 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 5, 2018</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2019-2020 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.  Secondary GT students are clustered and served in Pre AP and AP classes.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">GT Awareness sessions for parents in both English and Spanish are scheduled on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2018 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. <br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial RecognitionsKaty ISD Earns Nationally Acclaimed Financial Recognitions2018-10-19T14:49:19Z<div class="ExternalClass70CE8F98AA854F9882326C1ECCC4C3DE"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District has been awarded the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) as well as the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Both organizations awarded the prestigious recognitions to Katy ISD for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2016-17 fiscal year.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">   </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Receiving this accolade represents a significant accomplishment for the Katy ISD Financial Services Department," said Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith.  "Our responsibility is to provide information in a user-friendly format is a clear indication of our commitment to transparency and to clearly communicate the District's financial condition to the public." added Smith.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All CAFR's are judged by an impartial panel which seeks to demonstrate standards of full financial disclosure.  In addition, an <em>Award of Financial Reporting Achievement</em> has been awarded to the Katy ISD employees responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.  For other recognitions and information visit the <a href="/dept/bf/Pages/default.aspx">Katy ISD Financial Department</a> website.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/100218_Financial%20Department%20%20(1).jpg" alt="100218_Financial Department (1).jpg" style="margin:5px;width:482px;" /><br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">Bottom Row Left to Right:  Sally Smith, CPA / Elizabeth Haven, CPA / Anne Faichtinger, CPA<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Top Row Left to Right:  Stephen Johnson, CPA, CTSBO / Sterling Schiller, CTSBO<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art AuctionKaty ISD Art Students Earn Over $20,000 in Fort Bend County Fair Art Auction2018-10-17T14:41:11Z<div class="ExternalClassFA15E0EFA7BB47609E4F757D63249662"><p>Twelve of the 20 pieces of artwork auctioned off at the Fort Bend County Fair Event were created by Katy Independent School District students, earning a cumulative total of over $20,000 this year.  Seven Lakes High School student Flora Hu's creation entitled <em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em> won the "Reserve Grand Champion" recognition while four additional students were ranked the highest in "Best of Class".<br></p><p>"It is inspiring to see the hard work our Katy ISD students put into these masterpieces and ultimately it's so rewarding to see their smiles when they are recognized," said Assistant Director of Fine Arts Mitzi Jones.  "Each piece has a stunning story attached to it which brings their art to life," added Jones.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Place</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Student</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;">Artwork Title</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Reserve Grand Champion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Flora Hu</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Fabiana Muñoz</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Cinco Ranch High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Texas Hindrance"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Gray</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"American Rodeo Royalty"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Rachel Wang</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Strumming Along"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Best of Class</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Lauren Tomalty</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Texas Prairie"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Zoe Puno</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"A Special Bond"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seah Chue</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Hollow Moment"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Christine Goh</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"My Good Side"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Isabella Concepcion</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tompkins High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Gotcha"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Uma Kamath</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Blazing Eyes"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Pooja Dave</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Tays Junior High</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Best In Show"</em></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"> </td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Ellice Gao</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Seven Lakes High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><em>"Cattle Collie"</em></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Flora%20Hu%20SLHS.jpg" alt="Flora Hu SLHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:328px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Flora Hu - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Cowboy's Bestfriend"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Reserve Grand Champion<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Fabiana%20Munoz%20CRHS.jpg" alt="Fabiana Munoz CRHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:330px;height:506px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Fabiana Muñoz - Cinco Ranch High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"A Texas Hindrance"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Gray%20OTHS.jpg" alt="Lauren Gray OTHS.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:331px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Gray - Tompkins High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"American Rodeo Royalty"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Rachel%20Wang%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Rachel Wang SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:329px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Rachel Wang - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Strumming Along"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Lauren%20Tomalty%20SLHS.JPG" alt="Lauren Tomalty SLHS.JPG" style="margin:5px;width:327px;height:430px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Lauren Tomalty - Seven Lakes High School<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">"Texas Prairie"<br></p><p style="text-align:center;">Best of Class<br></p></div>
Katy ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National WinnersKaty ISD Groups Recognized as Mark of Excellence National Winners2018-10-10T17:22:53Z<div class="ExternalClass460E89E7CF3B4DFEA57C994A59C2C781"><p>Once again this year Katy Independent School District has numerous winners in the Foundation for Music Education <em>Mark of Excellence Competition</em>.  This year seven Katy ISD groups were recognized as national winners in this prestigious event.  This national gathering brings together over 250 ensembles from 38 different states.  The following choir, orchestra and band groups were recognized in various honors projects:<br></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">WoodCreek Junior High Varsity Treble Choir</span>, directed by Anne M. Guess, National Choral Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cinco Ranch Junior High Honors Band</span>, directed by Rachelle Isaacson, National Wind Band Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra and Symphony Strings </span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.  <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Symphony Orchestra</span>, directed by Desiree A. Overree and John Mays, National Orchestra Honors project.<br><br></li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">James Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's an honor for Katy ISD students to be recognized for the Mark of Excellence Award and to be provided the opportunity to compare their performances with those from across the United States," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "Katy ISD is known for its academic excellence as well as its support and advancement of music education," added Ouellette.<br></p><p><br></p></div>

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